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Meet our trainers

Our trainers demonstrate a deep commitment to Yoga Warriors and

to their Yoga Warriors students.

Lucy Cimini, Yoga Warriors Teacher Trainer

Yoga Warriors Founder and Director of Central Mass Yoga & Wellness

Lucy Cimini is the Founder and Director of Central Mass Yoga and Wellness and Founder of Yoga Warriors International, BA, E.R.Y.T. (E-500 hour), C-IAYT, CZT. She was RYT certified by the Himalayan Institute-specializes in Hatha, Iyengar, Therapeutic and Restorative yoga.


Lucy is a certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) and Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has a background in Education and Social Rehabilitation with over 30 years of experience teaching restorative to advanced yoga classes.


Central Mass Yoga & Wellness, founded in 2000, is one of the most popular and established studios in Central Mass. Lucy has expanded her teaching to include a 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training program, recognized by the National Yoga Alliance.


Lucy is the founder of Yoga Warriors International (2005). She has developed outreach yoga programs for corporate clients, combat veterans, active-duty personnel and their families recovering addicts and prison inmates. She has integrated formal instruction on teaching “trauma-sensitive” classes to yoga teachers across the country. Lucy is the program founder and subject matter expert of the published Iraq study,(Jan. 2012; American Journal Of Occupational Therapy) “The Effects of Sensory-Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel”.


Lucy teaches throughout the US conducting Yoga Warriors teacher training.

Central Mass Yoga and Wellness, Inc.

Lucy Cimini, Founding Director, E-RYT, C-IAYT

Dharma Richards, Yoga Warriors Teacher Trainer

Yoga Warriors Director and Director of Yoga Garden of Apex

Dharma Richards is the founder, owner and Senior Teacher of Yoga Garden of Apex, and being a Yoga Alliance Advanced Registered Yoga Teacher and Wellness Coach, Dharma incorporates a Classical Hatha-Raja style of teaching which encourages organic movement and an open heart as she routinely leads students through nurturing practices of pranayama/breathwork, asana/physical postures, and dhyana/meditation. 


Dharma’s studies continue at the North Carolina School of Yoga with her beloved teacher Chandra Om, a senior disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.  Her certifications also include Core Strength Vinyasa, Prenatal, Children’s, Vinyasa, Yin, and Yoga Warriors (for PTS). 


Dharma is also certified by Judith Lasater as a Relax & Renew Instructor, Kundalini Yoga, a certified Reiki Master and continues studies in Thai Massage (Nuad Boran). 


For detailed information, see Dharma’s personal website and studio website, Yoga Garden of Apex.

Jon Greuel, Yoga Warriors Teacher Trainer

Major, USAF Ret

Jon Greuel (Major, USAF Ret.) has been teaching yoga to active duty military personnel and veterans since 2005.  His effort to document the healing power of yoga and mindfulness culminated in his collaboration as the principal investigator of the published study, The Effects of Sensory EnhancedYoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel (AJOT Jan. 2012).


During his last deployment, he continued to document the therapeutic effects of yoga and mindfulness through surveys covering various anxiety and sleep quality aspects.  His simple, yet keenly effective research technique has yielded a rare glimpse into the deployed military perspective.


Jon has presented at civilian and military healthcare conferences where he discusses his unique perspective regarding the mind-body connection, combat stress, and PTS.  He currently serves as a Teacher Trainer for Lucy Cimini’s, Yoga Warriors International. In 2013, he completed a Professional Certificate in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University.


With his wife Suzie Verdin, Jon launched a nonprofit, Humanity Moves, to continue their work with teaching artists, yoga instructors and various at-risk populations including, youth, prison parolees, veterans and their families.  


From a diverse set of experiences that span from yoga studio owner to Iraqi Combat Air Advisor Instructor Pilot, Jon teaches yoga and mindfulness from a place of understanding and compassion, especially for those veterans with PTSD.



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